Biological systems exhibit features ranging from nano to macroscale in a hierarchical fashion, which call for multi-scale modeling and experimental techniques that need to overcome long-standing challenges in accurately capturing the physical, chemical and structural complexities transcending length and time-scales. This symposium attempts to provide a forum that brings together mechanicians, experimentalists and materials researchers who investigate the mechanical behavior of biological materials with the aim to understand the novel mechanics of biosystems and stipulate designs toward effective biomimicry and bioinspiration. The role of molecular and atomic scale behavior and interactions in the biosystems will be discussed in the context of mechanical response of the biological or bio-inspired materials.

Experimental methods such as atomic force microscopy (AFM) and Bio-MEMS for characterization of biomechanical properties of cells, tissues, biomaterials and bio-inspired materials, microfluidic applications in medicine and biology and similar methods are of interest. Computational methods related to characterization and prediction of properties of these materials, in particular multi-scale methods are of great interest.

Contributed papers and posters are solicited in the following areas:

  • Multiscale modeling of biological nanocomposites
  • Novel characterization of mechanical response from nano to macro scale for biological materials through experiments
  • Time evolution of mechanical behavior of tissue engineered systems
  • Mechanics of biologically inspired materials


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Composition, microstructure, and mechanical properties of Megalops atlanticus scales

Santiago Gil Duran, Alexander, Universidad EAFIT, Colombia
Ossa H., Alexander, Universidad EAFIT, Colombia
Dwayne Arola, University of Washington, United States

Flexible armor inspired from natural fish scales and osteoderms

Francois Barthelat, McGill University, Canada
Ravi Chintapalli, McGill University, Canada

Mechanism underpinning biological ferroelectricity

Matthew Zelisko, University of Houston, United States
Pradeep Sharma, University of Houston, United States
Jiangyu Li, University of Washington, United States

Multiscale mechanics of bamboo

Sina Youssefian, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, United States
Nima Rahbar, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, United States

Overcoming brittleness through bioinspiration and -microarchitecture

Francois Barthelat, McGill University, Canada
Mohammad Mirkhalaf, McGill University, Canada
Ahmad Dastjerdi, McGill University, Canada

Reinforcement of dry spun polymeric fibers by cellulose nanocrystal

Jeffrey Youngblood, Purdue University, United States
Si Chen, Purdue University, United States
R. Byron Pipes, Purdue University, United States
Robert Moon, US Forest Service, United States
Gregory Schueneman, US Forest Service, United States

Shear wave filtering in the Mantis Shrimp’s dactyl club

Nicolas Guarin-Zapata, Purdue University, United States
Zavattieri Pablo D., Purdue University, United States
Gomez Juan, Universidad EAFIT, Colombia
Kisailus David, University of California, United States